BC leaders demand 50% quota in tickets, party posts
Leaders of various backward communities on Sunday demanded that political parties should earmark 50 percent of organisational positions as well as seats during Assembly and Parliamentary elections for BCs.
- ‘Declaration’ lists demands, proposals
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Warangal: Leaders of various backward communities on Sunday demanded that political parties should earmark 50 percent of organisational positions as well as seats during Assembly and Parliamentary elections for BCs. The demand was made here on Sunday at the ‘BCs Self-respect Meet’, where an exhaustive ‘BC Declaration’ was released, incorporating proposals and demands for the emancipation of backward communities.
Senior BC leaders K Keshava Rao, Etela Rajender, T Devender Goud, Madhu Yakshi Goud, Gundu Sudharani, D Vinay Bhasker and Bodakunta Venkateshwarlu were among the prominent leaders who took part in the meeting. The two-day conference was organised jointly by the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Academy of Backward Classes Development and Empowerment (ABCDE) and the Kakatiya University BC Teachers Association (KUBTA). The leaders said the population ratio should be considered while allocating seats in the Assembly and Parliamentary elections. There should be a sub-quota for BC women in the proposed Women’s Reservation Bill, they said. Fifty percent of nominated positions should be given to BCs, the participants demanded.
The central government should withdraw the system of ‘creamy layer’ in the implementation of reservation for BCs and give specific recognition to the communities under the OBC category. A comprehensive census of BCs should be undertaken, they suggested. The functioning of the BC Commissions at the state and central levels should be streamlined and the panels given constitutional authority. Disciplinary action should be taken against those misusing funds meant for BC welfare, they said.
The government should adopt a ‘BC Sub-plan’, accord it a constitutional status, and provide funds for the all-round development of the communities, the ‘BC Declaration’ demanded. Special measures for the revival of community traders should be initiated. A dedicated body should be formed to cater to the professional needs of BC employees, they said.
The BC leaders of different political parties who attended the meeting called upon the community members to join hands for protection of their rights. Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah flagged off a massive rally taken out with tableaus of different community trades. The conference president Prof K Murali Manohar and leaders of different political parties urged the community members to come forward, cutting across political affiliations, to safeguard the common interests. “There is an urgent need for unity among the backward communities. Due to the lack of unity, BCs are not given their due share in politics and economic development even though a majority of the voters in the country and in the State are BCs.